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iCloud Terms of Service

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  • Hi Jo
    I chose my comment on your policy primer as part of my assignment 2B. This is what I submited. Thank you for your kind comments on my primer.

    I chose your policy Primer to comment on for several reasons: primarily, we both concern ourselves with the terms and conditions of cloud storage platforms. Secondly, I have a question regarding your assignment and finally I prefer to comment on a primer that I enjoyed reading.

    By examining the terms and conditions that are similar across both platforms I hope to identify the areas that are obviously important. For example, Apple and Amazon reserve the right to refuse, remove or edit user’s content. We are becoming more and more dependent on privately owned spaces for our politics and public discourse, therefore, how speech should be governed in a democracy is focused increasingly on questions of how private companies control speech on their networks and platforms (Yoo, 2010). This means that free speech is not protected in the same way that speech is protected in public spaces. The example I gave in my primer was the Wikileaks expulsion.

    Amazon and Apple also have similar terms and condition regarding content ownership. Specifically, the condition that granted these companies 'worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, and transferable license to use, reproduce or distribute' your content. While we still own everything we uploaded and won’t get sued if we use this content elsewhere, it means that we won’t get any royalties should they use our content commercially. Also, both companies conveniently retain the right to change the agreement at any time. My concern here is how this clause makes the agreement binding for us but voluntary for the service provider.

    One question I have regards slide 8. In response to the clause “… modify or change your content to comply with technical requirements of networks or devices or computers”; you state that “Apple can do what they like with your content because you haven’t even bothered to read these Terms and Conditions.” I don’t quite follow, the modification of content is allowed regardless of reading the terms and conditions, the enabling act here is agreeing to them. Personally, I can understand modification for technical reasons; I am against modification for editorial purposes, such as censorship.
    Regards
    Trevor Birch.
    References
    Yoo, C. (2010) Free Speech and the Myth of the Internet as an Unintermediated Experience. GeorgeWashington Law Review. 78(4) 697-773. Retrieved from http://www.heinonline.org.dbgw.lis.curtin.edu.au/HOL/Page?page=697&handle=hein.journals%2Fgwlr78&collection=journals
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  • 1. Terms of ServiceIn Terms YOU can understand
  • 2. Have you ever signed a contract without reading it? These days, the answer for most of us is YES! Think about it! How many times have you ticked that little box that says: Agree to these Terms and Conditions, without reading them? Scary isn’t it?This short presentation highlights some parts of the iCloud agreement that you need to know
  • 3. Welcome to iCloud‟s Terms of ServiceTHIS IS A LEGAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOU & APPLE GOVERNING YOUR iCLOUD USE IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU READ & UNDERSTAND THESE TERMS BY CLICKING „AGREE‟, YOU AGREE TO THESE TERMS
  • 4. Age RestrictionsYou must be at least 13 years old to use iCloud OR STOPif you are under the age of majority in your countryof residence, you must view this agreement with anadult (teenagers dont lie, Apple trusts you)To use this service, you cannot be a person barred fromusing this service(all that is needed to create a new account is alternate email address but shhh)
  • 5. iCloud enabled By enabling iCloud:Your content will be automatically sent to & stored by Apple (Apple may then forward it to other countries!) You may later access that content or have it wirelessly pushed to your other iCloud enabled devices (if Apple lets you)
  • 6. Privacy By using this service, you agree that Apple may collect and use certain information about you and your use of this service (you have no privacy)You also agree that this information may be transferred to the United States and/or other countries for storage, processing and use by Apple, its affiliates and other service providers
  • 7. Removal of Content Apple reserves the right to determine whether your content is appropriate Apple may pre-screen, move, refuse, modify andremove content at any time without prior notice at its discretion (Apple is free to decide the fate of your content)
  • 8. Changes to your Content“Apple may transmit your content across various public networks, in various media, and modify or change your content to comply with technical requirements of connecting networks or devices or computers” (Apple Inc, 2012) (Apple can basically do what they like with your content because you havent even bothered to read these Terms and Conditions)
  • 9. Changes to Agreement Apple reserves the right at any time to modify this agreement (so don‟t try and remember any of it)Apple may impose new or additional Terms & Conditions on your use of this service (whenever they want to)Your continued use of this service is deemed acceptanceof any modifications and or additional Terms & Conditions
  • 10. Backup This service provides you with a backup of your content (for now) HOWEVERApple does not guarantee that your content is safe or free from loss Apple says it is your responsibility to maintain an appropriate alternate backup
  • 11. Warning“Apple does not represent or guarantee that the service will be free fromloss, corruption, attack, viruses, interference, hacking, or other security intrusion” (Apple Inc, 2012) “Apple disclaims any liability relating thereto” (Apple, 2012) (no responsibility taken whatsoever)
  • 12. Apple‟s RightsApple reserves the right to limit the number of accounts you can create from the one device Apple also reserves the right to limit the number of devices you may have for the one account You agree to follow Apple’s rules which will change from time to time
  • 13. Will you Agree These Terms & Conditions may come as shock to most of youApple takes NO responsibility for this shock & is NOT in any way liable Agree to these Terms & Conditions
  • 14. ReferencesApple Inc. (2012). iCloud Terms and Conditions. Retrieved from http://www.apple.com/legal/icloud/en/terms.htmlWikimedia Commons. (n.d.). Chaparral Supercell 2 [Image]. Retrieved fromhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chaparral_Supercell_2.JPG - fileWikimedia Commons. (2009). Clover symbol [Image]. Retrieved from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Clover_symbol.svgWikimedia Commons. (2004). Cyclone Catarina from the ISS on March 26 2004 [Image]. Retrieved fromhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cyclone_Catarina_from_the_ISS_on_March_26_2004.JPGWikimedia Commons. (1916). Paul Signac – The Pink Cloud, Antibes [Image]. Retrieved fromhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Paul_Signac_-_The_Pink_Cloud,_Antibes.jpgWikimedia Commons. (2009). Roll Cloud [Image]. Retrieved from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Roll-cloud-2.JPGWikimedia Commons. (2001). SFC Contrail [Image]. Retrieved from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sfc.contrail.1.26.01.JPGThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.

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